Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects at least 8% of children, teens, and adults. At every age, ADHD makes it hard to build friendships, regulate your emotions, and succeed at school and work. The team at Corebella Health & Wellness has years of experience diagnosing ADHD and creating individualized treatment plans that improve your symptoms and teach the skills you need to succeed. If you or your child need help with ADHD, call the office in Tempe, Glendale, or Scottsdale, Arizona, or use the online booking feature to schedule an in-person or telemedicine appointment.
ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder caused by an imbalance in brain chemicals. The imbalance affects areas of the brain that support attention and self-regulation, which, in turn, leads to hyperactivity and difficulty focusing.
Some signs of ADHD appear before the age of 12, allowing children to receive a diagnosis at an early age. However, a diagnosis for the disorder may not occur until adulthood. Additionally, the challenges of ADHD continue throughout adulthood for many children.
ADHD symptoms fall into two categories: inattentive and hyperactive-impulsive. Beyond these symptoms, people with ADHD often experience co-existing problems such as anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, and a poor working memory.
Working memory allows you to hold several pieces of information in your head just long enough to use the data. You need a good working memory to accurately follow instructions, plan your next step, and solve problems.
Children and adults may have inattentive symptoms, hyperactive-impulsive symptoms, or a combination of both:
If you have inattentive symptoms, you may:
These symptoms are severe enough to disrupt your life and affect your ability to make friends and succeed at school, work, and home.
If you have hyperactive-impulsive symptoms, you may:
Many people with hyperactive-impulsive symptoms have poor impulse control, which leads to problems with anger, aggression, or unwanted behaviors like destroying things.
Your Corebella Health & Wellness provider completes an initial assessment that includes a complete psychological evaluation. After diagnosing ADHD, the treatment protocol usually includes stimulant medications and therapy.
Stimulant medications boost the chemicals your brain needs to regulate thinking and attention. Therapy helps children and adults learn to manage emotional and behavioral challenges caused by ADHD.
For example, therapy can teach you how to get organized, improve social skills, and help manage anger outbursts.
If you or your child struggle with ADHD, call Corebella Health & Wellness or book an in-person or telemedicine appointment online today.